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Well, whaddya wanna know?  Here's the plain and simple truth:  My name is Rebekah Tennis and I love design.  I love paper, the way it feels, its weight and texture.  I love extra special touches on little things: homemade tags on gift-wrap, old stamps on an envelope, and twine on nearly everything.

My husband, business partner and all-around solid rock Matt would probably tell you that he likes tools - lots of 'em, finding the perfect way to do something, taking things apart, and precision in everything. 

So you might as well have guessed by now... we are the perfect match for an old letterpress studio. Together we farm rice and have three adorable and active boys ages 5 and under.  This keeps us fairly busy, but whenever we have a spare moment, we crank up our 102 year old Chandler and Price platen press and pull some prints, or whip out a card line on the Heidelberg. 

There's more, oh yes, there IS more - but that's what this blog is for.  Take a look around, get to know us, our great town of Chico, California and our beautiful presses.

holiday 2012: handel’s messiah

The final new card series in our holiday line-up is inspired by Handel’s Messiah. Both Matt and I love this vocal work sooo much, in fact, every year we try to make it to the Mondavi Center to hear the American Bach Soloists sing this beautiful oratorio. If you have never heard this work performed live, I highly suggest you give it a try (they are also at the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco). We also start  looping this 3 CD set (one of the best versions ever recorded, in our humble opinion) on constant play over our stereo system.

So, I guess you could call these cards personal. In truth, when I told Matt I wanted to design a line of cards with choruses from Messiah, printed white on chipboard, hand-lettered and inspired by Chalk Art – he said to me: “There will sure be one small, narrow market for these cards” (in other words, maybe just you, Rebekah) “…but what the heck, let’s do it anyway.”

So, we did.

Arise, Shine! set of 8 (look while listening to this):

Behold, a Virgin: (look while listening to this):


And the Glory (listen to this):

And, of course,


So my question is, what do YOU think? Insanely narrow audience? Or are you crazy about Handel’s Messiah, the real meaning of Christmas, chipboard, white ink, hand lettering and letterpress, too?

If you are looking for our entire classic holiday line-up of cards, you can find them all here. Or here on Etsy, if you prefer.


November 12, 2012 - 12:12 pm Monika - All of the above! Bravo!, Here in England The Messiah is very popular at Christmas time (and also at Easter ) .Lovely to see those emotional words so beautifully set out.

November 12, 2012 - 3:50 pm Kelly Grago - I think they look great! makes me think twice about sending our usual photo card...

November 12, 2012 - 9:19 pm April - I love them! The audience is not as narrow as you think. Great job; keep it up!

November 13, 2012 - 5:41 pm Laura - LOVE them, Rebekah! This is the first piece of music Noelle really fell for, and she fell hard. It is our family favorite. Hey, have you ever considered selling to Zondervan's or someplace similar? There is also this fantastic Christmas store in Michigan called Bronner's. I believe it's the world's largest Christmas store, for real. Food for thought. Keep up the beautiful, meaningful work!

November 13, 2012 - 6:38 pm Karen White - Oh, oh, oh!!! too lovely. This is just what I want in a Christmas card! No fluff. Just REAL Christmas!

November 13, 2012 - 9:29 pm Amy Beadle - Love, love, love these! I adore Handel's Messiah and these cards just absolutely warm my heart. Tell Matt that the market is wider than he projected!

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